ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies

the questions made me weep
what answers can I give?
for I am

me

and I love

you

you of the soil and the dreams
of improbable possibilities
whose heart and hands are always open
without thought of tomorrow
or who will put bread on the table
or take the trash to the bin
or the years growing ever fewer
in our book of days

I am restless and forgiving and never to be

me

I am wanting and grasping and selfless to a fault

I wake each day
with the confidence of a fearful soul
whose ribs are held together
with baling wire and old twine
from the garden stakes out back
and just enough duct tape
to hold my heart in place

but that heart
this heart
my heart
it will beat forever
your name
even when only dust
the beat will endure
even when only dust,
love
remains

*** written in response to these questions posed by Marina Sofia for the dVerse poetics prompt
1) Who are you and whom do you love?
2) What else are you, that no one has seen before?
3) Describe a morning you woke without fear.
4) What lingers when all is said and done?

24 thoughts on “ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies

  1. Whew. That heart and those ribs want to go on so badly they are patched and repatched and holding in there. Such fortitude and love will take hold of the one who is consistently there and open. How beautifully you articulate this truth, this knowing yourself.

  2. …”my heart will forever beat your name”…just so endearing…I could feel the hard times, the work at the same time I felt the love, devotion, and a cry almost for fear of losing all you’ve worked so hard to gain

  3. What a wonderful way of incorporating answers to all of the questions – very clever and unexpected words in here: the duct tape holding the heart in place, but the feeling of love is so palpable and beautiful.

  4. Well this certainly sounds like a description of loyal lover of love worth keeping as such…
    It’s not often one comes across this anymore of the larger world
    of fast paced life..that can come
    without love like this…
    Beauty is always in the eyes of love..
    that i know for sure…

  5. A fantastic response to the prompt. I am grappling with the questions, too. The first attempts I dont think I can post. I resonate with the body and heart patched up with twine and duct tape. Mine, too, kiddo.

  6. We balance precariously on a tightrope of emotion, willing to give, yet aware of the too often inequity of reciprocation; but never lose track of the inner child, and the self-love that fuels the heart, feeds the soul; incredibly creative imagery here, and a terrific take on the prompt.

  7. Really beautifully penned. A soft and gentle poem.
    I especially love these words, Kathleen:

    “the beat will endure
    even when only dust,
    love
    remains”

  8. There is so much in this. I think using the 2nd person was such a good way to handle that question and the images you chose, especially the one Brian points out, so perfect. For me this is about real love.

  9. whose ribs are held together
    with baling wire and old twine
    from the garden stakes out back
    and just enough duct tape
    to hold my heart in place

    ha. i love that bit…and that it will forever beat their name as well…
    very cool response kathleen

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